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INSIDE THE ART, CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF WRITING for Film, TV, Books, Stage, Print or Digital Media (with Particular Attention to Comedy)

The Story Structure Countdown: How Different ‘Experts’ Say You Should Structure a Story

The Story Structure Countdown Lots of people have come up with lots of ways to map, chart, categorize, name and formulate story patterns and structures. (also see my Comparative Narrative Story … Continue reading

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The Latest Data on Self-Publishing and e-Books for Indie Authors (via AuthorEarnings.com)

Hugh Howey’s “7k Report” will blow your mind with data about the publishing market. As always, genres rules sales, but read this detailed report about market-share for indie, self-published and … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

28 Tips for Pitching

For tips on what to pitch, see 6 Elements to Include in Your Pitch, then… 1. Use bullet points for things you absolutely have to include. (No more than a … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

LA Writers Clinic – July 17 & 31

Focus, unblock or (re-)energize your book or script at any stage of the process: * Rewrites * Outlines * Stuck mid-draft * Can’t find the funny * Generally blah or … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Step Away from the Deck Chairs: 4 Different Kinds of Rewrites

When writers send me a rough draft of a book or script for notes, they really really want me to tell them all they have to do is rearrange some … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

8 Kinds of People Who Can Give You Feedback on Your Draft

I highly recommend that you have every draft (including rewrites) read by a spectrum of readers that include at least 3 of these categories: Someone enthusiastic and supportive who will … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Track Publishing Trends (or anything – or anyone – else!) in Published Books

Meet Ngram, an intriguing data-mining device from Google that charts the relative citation of any words or phrases in all books published (that are in the Google database). Enter your … Continue reading

June 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Comedy Spec Script 2014 — What is hot and what is not (via TV Calling)

TV Calling’s latest take on which comedy scripts are best to spec strategically. Read all at: http://www.tv-calling.com/comedy-spec-script-2014-what-is-hot-and-what-is-not/

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Drama Spec Script 2014 — What is hot and what is not (via TV Calling)

Excellent industry update including circa 2014… – Over-specced (shows that have passed their prime, try to avoid doing them) – Mainstream (shows that have matured enough that they have become … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Collaborating with a Writing Partner – including a Sample Letter of Agreement

I love collaborating and I’ve done it a lot. When writing partnerships are working well you get: More fun Geometric Creativity Built-in 2nd opinion When they’re not working well you … Continue reading

May 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review: “Into the Woods” by John Yorke

This profound and practical book may be the penultimate work about story structure you’ll ever need (I’m working on a new reference book that could conceivably count as the last). … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Query Letter Pet Peeves – Agents Speak (from Chuck Sambuchino – via Writers in the Storm)

11 literary agents catalog their pet peeves, including: “Dear Agent…” Vagueness Dull chapter summaries “What would you do if…?” Read the whole article here: http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/query-letter-pet-peeves-agents-speak/ * * * Awesome art … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment
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